In union circles, they call it "burial insurance." That apt phrase denotes the severance, early retirement and re-training packages negotiated for veteran utility workers sideswiped by a changing...
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consolidation during the 1990s. Numerous old-line utility names like Central & Southwest, Northern States Power, Philadelphia Electric, GPU, and NYSEG are no longer around. Entering 2005, maybe that's what a back-to-basics strategy will be-a return to M&A and industry consolidation.
2. To be included in this analysis, a company had to provide electric power services to regulated energy end-use customers. We excluded those companies that had an equity market capitalization of under $500 million, as well as companies in the midst of bankruptcy proceedings. Also not included are companies that have not been publicly traded for this observation period of 2002-2004.
3. A 10-year view provides a context for these returns: For the period 1995-2004, the S&P 500 returned a total of 212 percent versus the electric power industry return of 173 percent.
4. Jan. 30, 2004, Q4 2003, Constellation Energy Earnings Conference Call, Mayo Shattuck, chairman, president and CEO, Constellation Energy Group, Inc.
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